Since its inception last February 17th 2014, Too Future. has become a well-respected collective and voice of all forward-thinking sounds and artists. They are known for discovering and perpetuating a sound I can only describe now as “too future”. A mix of future bass, future house, and beats that I don’t even know if they have a widely-used classification yet fill up their playlists that are enjoyed by many.
Their 28th installment of their widely popular Too Future. Guest Mix series features Smoko Ono out of Chicago. An artist that has been exploding lately and producing tracks like “U Mad” for Vic Mensa featuring the ever-popular Kanye West [found here].
The mix starts off with an excellent Smoko Ono remix of Tinashe’s “All Hands On Deck” which was originally produced by everyone’s favorite Cashmere Cat. Smoko is also a member of Chicago’s artist collective SaveMoney that has been blowing up big as of late. Fellow SaveMoney member Towkio’s collab with Lido and Chance The Rapper titled “Heaven Only Knows” has amassed over 3.5 million plays in less than 2 weeks.
Smoko’s mix is packed with wavy bass, future chill, and hip hop jams. He throws in tracks from rising producers oshi and Daktyl as well as major hip hop/rap artists like Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, and N.E.R.D. You are really going to enjoy this one. Tracklist can be found below so you can follow the trailblazers of everyone’s favorite new sound.
The name for Too Future. came about last year when the well-respected DJ Shadow was kicked off the decks mid set at club Mansion in Miami. Promoters approached him in the booth and asked him to play the kind of music they thought the crowd wanted to hear and told him that his bass-driven selections were “too future”. DJ Shadow picks up the mic and addresses the crowd: “They say you all want that house music back on right?” The crowd immediately yells “NOOO!” as DJ Shadow turns back on the rattling bass and continues his show as planned. Crowd members can easily be heard screaming “FUCK MANSION!” and “FUCK THIS PLACE!” clearly showing their disdain for anyone wanting Shadow’s performance to end. Shadow was approached again, exchanges a few sentences, picks up the mic and says, “Miami I just want to say I respect you. Y’all created the bass. I’ve waited a long time to play here but they’re saying this shit is too future for all y’all…” and walks off stage. An OUTRAGED crowd continues its angry shouts “FUCK YOU! THIS IS NOT MY MIAMI!” as a less bass-heavy track is immediately put on to keep the party going. A move like this is incredibly insulting to a DJ of Shadow’s stature, and also to the members of the crowd who paid good money to see him at work. This created quite a stir in the EDM world and many people shared a laugh over the video a smart fan was lucky enough to catch: